Wednesday 15 December 2010

New prize from Routledge commemorates former editor of 'The Round Table'

13 December 2010

New prize from Routledge commemorates former editor of
‘The Round Table’

Routledge has donated to Britain’s oldest international affairs journal, The Round Table, an annual prize in memory of Peter Lyon, the journal’s editor from 1983 to 2004. The £1,000 award will be for the best article relating to policy and the contemporary Commonwealth that the journal has published during the previous calendar year.

The first award of the ‘Peter Lyon Memorial Prize’ will be made in early 2012. All articles appearing in The Round Table during 2011 that contain a significant emphasis on policy and the Commonwealth will automatically become entrants for the prize. The journal’s editor will select the winner, in consultation with Routledge and the journal’s editorial and international advisory boards.

Peter Lyon (1934-2010) was a leading expert on the Commonwealth and bridged the divide between academia and policy-making. He was Reader in International Relations at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London and, while editor of The Round Table, wrote almost 100 editorials and articles for the journal about issues affecting the Commonwealth.

Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, paid tribute to Peter Lyon as an integral part of the Commonwealth family, whose “knowledge of the Commonwealth on five continents was second to none”.

Sir Shridath Ramphal, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth from 1975 to 1990, said: “Peter Lyon's unique blend of academia and the real world was dedicated to the service of the Commonwealth…… The whole Commonwealth is in his debt for his superlative work at The Round Table….. His contributions are immense and imperishable. Memorialised, they will help to inspire the Commonwealth to fulfilment of the great goals he saw for it.”

Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth from 1990 to 2000, said: “Peter Lyon will long be remembered for his sustained intellectual contribution to the evolution of the Commonwealth. He has left a worthy legacy, not only at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and The Round Table, but also at the many forums where he often contributed to public discourse on the Commonwealth.”

Sir Don McKinnon, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth from 2000 to 2008, said: “Peter Lyon’s death is a loss for the whole Commonwealth. He was an almost unrivalled authority on Commonwealth issues and had a fine mind for its history.”

Founded in 1910, The Round Table provides analysis and commentary on all aspects of international affairs. The journal is a major source of coverage of policy issues concerning the contemporary Commonwealth and its role in international relations. It combines informed scholarship, opinion, and judgement, and draws its authors and readership from the worlds of government, business, finance and academe.

To submit or propose an article for publication in The Round Table, contact the Editor, Dr Venkat Iyer, at the School of Law, University of Ulster, Jordanstown campus, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT37 0QB, or e-mail him at

Routledge, the foremost global publisher of policy-relevant books and journals in the Social Sciences, has been awarded the prestigious International Publisher of the Year award by the International Printers Network for the environmental sustainability of its publishing programmes. For further information please contact Jennifer McMillan, Library Marketing Manager, Taylor & Francis:

Further information on The Round Table is available from

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Media contact: Andrea Hutchinson, Marketing Executive
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 4 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4RN.
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 017 5344 Fax: +44 (0) 207 017 6713
Email: Website:

Friday 22 October 2010

New ALPSP Advice Note No.40: Tiered Pricing

Written by Lois Bacon and Ann Lawson, EBSCO Information Services.

In recent years an increasing number of publishers have adopted tiered pricing models for journals, databases, e-books, data sets and other resources. However introducing a new model invites the librarian to review and evaluate a subscription. This advice note outlines the key issues publishers need to take into account to ensure a smooth transition and minimal impact on renewals.

Free to download from for ALPSP members

BookVault wins business with cost-saving link between publisher and printer

Press release 21 October

Printondemand-worldwide’s system transfers orders from web shopping cart to production floor

Printondemand-worldwide is bridging the gap between publisher and printer to make the production of books faster and more efficient than ever before.

The leading UK-based digital printer has seen rising demand for its web-based BookVault system, which provides publishers with fingertip inventory management through a virtual library of titles.

Many publishers are seizing the opportunity to have BookVault integrated into their own website shopping cart, so that orders from customers are immediately transferred to the print floor – saving inestimable time, administrative and processing costs. Printondemand-worldwide’s unique technology allows for BookVault to be bolted on to an existing website very easily, but a technical team is also available to manage the process where necessary.

Early advocates of BookVault include Gareth Jarrett, Inventory Manager at Taylor and Francis Books, who said: “We have recently started using BookVault, primarily for reporting purposes, which is very useful, and to check on the status of titles in development. We haven’t yet begun to exploit its full potential but it certainly seems very user friendly and shows a lot of promise.

“We have been working with Printondemand-worldwide for around five years, during which time the company has grown to become one of our key on-demand printers. It enables us to have more titles consistently available, but without the costs of having stock waiting in storage. So the benefit is twofold – you’ve got greater revenue opportunities by making more titles available than would otherwise be possible; and you save on the storage costs of stock.”

BookVault, launched at last year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, enables publishers to upload and store a library of titles, any of which can be summoned for printing, in almost any quantity, within 48 to 72 hours, and then dispatched directly to the end customer if preferred.

Orders through BookVault now account for around 25 per cent of Printondemand-worldwide’s overall business, resulting in around 4,000 books produced each day.

Printondemand-worldwide Managing Director Andy Cork said: “This is on-demand printing in its purest form. With less than half-a-dozen clicks of your mouse, you can instantly order any quantity of books, from a single copy upwards. And whether they are perfect-bound, case-bound or saddle-stiched, full colour or black and white, the production process begins as soon as the order is received.

“It gives publishers direct control at their fingertips and in difficult economic times, that level of flexibility is proving to be a significant advantage.”

Printondemand-worldwide, the leading UK digital printer, serves publishing clients across Europe from its base in Peterborough, near Cambridge. In addition, it has recently created a network of global print partners – in the USA, Asia and Australia – all of which have had the BookVault system installed and can facilitate orders from their own countries to avoid the time, financial and environmental costs of shipping from the UK.


Notes to Editors

Advantages of BookVault:

· Save time with easy ordering via web-based simply order system

· Minimise capital outlay by removing the need for stock printing

· Reduce associated storage, distribution and transport costs

· Save money and resources on administration

· A personal data library listing all your BookVault titles

· Real-time reporting as the job progresses through production

· Range of delivery options, including dispatch direct to end customer

· Simple to integrate with e-commerce website via a custom web application programming interface (API)

Printondemand-worldwide is one of the UK’s leading digital book printers, with a workforce in excess of 40, a cutting-edge print production facility in Peterborough, an annual turnover in excess of £2m and global roster of clients.

Printondemand-worldwide will be at Frankfurt Book Fair from October 6-10, Hall 8, Stand A937.

Established 16 years ago, the short-run specialist has taken an innovative approach to directly address the needs of diverse client groups, whether they wish to print one unit or 1,000 units.

The range of services provided by Printondemand-worldwide include Fast Print, which offers user-friendly packages to self-publishers, and BookVault, which enables publishers of all sizes to manage a digital archive of their books and call any up any of them to be printed at any time, no matter how small the volume, at pre-agreed rates.

Advantages of Printondemand-worldwide’s proposition include high quality, cost-effectiveness and flexibility. By overcoming the need for bulk storage, reducing reliance on warehouses, cutting wastage, taking action to reduce its carbon footprint, opting for ecologically-approved facilities and production methods and limiting the use of long-distance freight, the company offers print solutions that are not only efficient but also environmentally-friendly.

Visit for further details.

For more information or images please contact:

Nick Henderson, Katie McBreen or Richard McCann

Friday’s Media Group, 18 Soho Square, London, W1D 3QL

Telephone: 0845 500 1140, or

Friday 15 October 2010

James Murdoch opens Copyright in the Digital Age (8 November, London)

James Murdoch (son of Rupert and Chairman and Chief Executive, Europe and Asia, News Corporation) leads off a very impressive line-up of speakers at the Copyright in the Digital Age: Industry issues and impacts event being run by the Stationers' Company.

The Stationers' Company (or the wonderfully named Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers to give them their full moniker) pretty much invented copyright and were responsible for its enforcement until the implementation of the Statute of Anne in 1709 so it's very appropriate that they should be organizing this debate.

The event will take place on 8 November 2010 at the Stationers' Hall in London. 

More information and online booking.

Monday 11 October 2010

ALPSP Seminar: e-Learning. Online and Distance Education, 21 October, London

Chair: Oliver Jones, Education Projects Manager, RCOG

This seminar offers a practical look at how organisations can embark upon or develop existing e-Learning Programmes, and more importantly how to do so successfully.
  • Why is E-learning publishing different; or is it not different?
  • What standards exist in terms of 'E-learning publishing standards'
  • Can I publish E-learning if I have no technical expertise?
  • How is it possible to keep online content up to date?
  • How big would my E-learning team need to be?
  • Where are the markets, is E-learning publication successful for other businesses?
Who should attend?
Small to medium publishers and societies without the resources or funds to experiment and research the options but who can see the potential of E-learning, yet don't know where to start
Editorial teams becoming involved in the instructional design of content to be published on the web
Course and events leaders involved in transforming components of a course in to an E-learning or blended learning package
Publications managers requiring advice on the processes involved in E-learning publication
Educationalists who are new to E-learning
Project managers who have experience of product development but who are new to the publication of E-learning
Commissioning editors responsible for ensuring publications are innovative yet educationally robust.

Full details

Friday 24 September 2010

CCC presentations at Frankfurt Book Fair

ALPSP members attending Frankfurt may like to note that The Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) is presenting on two interesting subjects in the Forum Innovation. Topic 1: Leveraging Technology to Automate Online Licensing.
Topic 2: Monetizing Content in a Sophisticated Digital World.
For times and session details, visit
To RSVP, email

Thursday 23 September 2010

Books International (US) and Turpin Distribution (UK) announce strategic alliance

Press Release 17 Sept
International now offers global fulfilment and distribution to their American client publishers through their new alliance with Turpin Distribution. US publishers can now contract with Books International for global fulfilment using the services of Turpin for order processing, customer service, cash collection outside the North American market.

Turpin Distribution can now offer its book clients enhanced services and faster delivery times within North America. Turpin is now using the fulfilment services of Books International for warehousing, picking, packing and distributing product to the North American market.

The Turpin US customer service operation will continue to support its book and journal clients from their facility within New Milford, Connecticut.

Books International
Ellen Loerke

Turpin Distribution
Elizabeth Just (North America)
Neil Castle (Rest of the World)

Monday 20 September 2010

Launch of the OAPEN Library at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Posted on behalf of OAPEN

We are pleased to announce that OAPEN, the European project dedicated to Open Access publishing of academic books, will officially launch the OAPEN Library at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, October 6, 12 PM in Hall 4.2 - C 1433 (Education Hot Spot stage) of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

The launching ceremony of the OAPEN Library will mark the start of the first dedicated collection of freely available academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences from across Europe. Through the OAPEN Library we aim to build a branded collection of Open Access peer-reviewed books and to increase the visibility and retrievability of high-quality European research. We also aim to promote Open Access book publishing by developing common standards, based on transparent procedures for peer review and recommendations for OA licences.
It is of course no coincidence that we have chosen the Frankfurt Book Fair, the oldest and largest book fair in the world and vitally important to the international book trade, to launch the OAPEN Library and introduce a new business model for academic books, based on Open Access to academic information. We believe the OAPEN Library will contribute to a new and vibrant future of the academic monograph in the digital age.
We hope to welcome you at the ceremony. If you wish to attend, please let us know through

OAPEN will have its own stand at the Fair, in order to talk to interested publishers. In the coming months, we will approach academic publishers from across Europe to take part in the OAPEN Library. If you wish to learn more about OAPEN at the fair, please make an appointment with project coordinator Eelco Ferwerda, Our stand is in Hall 4.2, C412.
For more information please contact Eelco Ferwerda (Amsterdam University Press) or learn more about OAPEN by visiting the website:

Friday 17 September 2010

CLOCKSS Executive Director Position Opening

The CLOCKSS archive [] is searching for an Executive Director. CLOCKSS is a global nonprofit, community-governed archive that preserves digital scholarly materials for the very long term through a geo-physical and geo-political distributed network of archive nodes. The Executive Director runs the organization and reports to a Board made up of major scholarly publishers and university libraries from around the world. The Executive Director will grow the organization as a major global scholarly archive and a valuable collaborative community of scholarly publishers and academic libraries.

This is a wonderful opportunity for an energetic leader who wants to make a visible impact in the scholarly community. See

Friday 10 September 2010

The Tragic Tale of Toby Green (chapter 2)

Chair of ALPSP Council, Toby Green (OECD) couldn't make it to the 2010 ALPSP International Conference this week.  Unfortunately Toby was laid up in hospital in France with a fractured pelvis following an accident.

Toby broke a leg right before the Frankfurt Book Fair last year and used his misfortune to raise money for Della Sar's terrific charity Friends of Della and Don and is doing the same this time around.  Delegates at the Conference raised a stunning £520 for the charity to hear the story of how the latest accident unfolded so here is the story right from the horses mouth:

"I was out riding with my children and a couple of gauchos on a estancia (ranch) a couple of hours outside Buenos Aires. As we turned to head back, my horse started skittering and rearing for no apparent reason – there are various theories, it saw a snake, was bitten by an insect, smelt an armadillo (seriously!) – but whatever it was, I lost my balance and fell off. So far, so good; nothing hurt except my pride. But as I lay on the ground, to my surprise the bloody animal fell onto me. I rolled onto my side but not fast enough and the horse landed on my hip, compressing the pelvis (and everything inside!). They’re heavy, are horses. Anyway, it bloody hurt and I figured something wasn’t right so I stayed still, pleased that my toes and feet could move, reassuring the children I wasn’t about to die (that was their first question!) and that all would be well. Thankfully one of the gauchos had his mobile and he called for help. 45 minutes later an ambulance bounced across the field to pick me up and then bounced back across the field and then 20 minutes down the unmade road to the nearest town and the Argentinean equivalent of a cottage hospital. An antique X-ray machine confirmed an indeterminate number of fractures (evidently the pelvis is a bugger to X-ray because X-rays are not in 3D – where’s that man James Cameron when you need him [Ed: I wonder if we could sell the film rights: Broke Butt Mountain 3D!]). So, next day, I was transferred to a very posh clinic (thank you medical insurance) in Buenos Aires, complete with nuns, where they could do a CAT scan. Argentinean diagnosis: 3 fractures (both sides of the pubis and left sacrum – the bit where the pelvis joins the spine) but despite all the bumping about, everything was still in the correct position so no need for the knife or even a sticking plaster – just endless bed rest flat on my back. I then spent two weeks listening to nuns singing in the morning and then was flat-packed courtesy of Air France back to Paris. French diagnosis from the same scan, 4 fractures – but then the French are all hypochondriacs and have a tendency to exaggerate. Sadly the French clinic has no nuns (singing or otherwise) but is giving me a taste of what living in an OAP home might be like, I reckon I’m the youngest inmate by around 20 years. I've started re-hab in the clinic’s pool – walking about on crutches waist deep in water, very strange. Nearly fell over backwards. Muscles have forgotten how to walk!"
Toby hopes to raise enough to support four orphans (one for each fracture) for a year and he's already half way there thanks to the generosity of attendees at the ALPSP Conference and it's not too late to give an online donation of any size to help support Della's charity!

Friday 3 September 2010

Library Choice - supporting customer choice

Have you heard of the Library Choice initiative from the ASA?
The ASA and its members believe that libraries and consortia should be free to order via preferred methods and not be obliged to order through any particular channel. Library Choice enables the agent to support any deal which has been negotiated with a publisher, by an individual library or a consortium. In this way, the customer will get the assistance they need with the extra work associated with the access and management of e-journal collections, whilst being able to take advantage of the pricing and terms negotiated by a buying group or consortium.

More information can be found on the ASA website.

Endorsement from Publishers
By signing a Library Choice letter, publishers pledge their support for libraries and consortia to have a choice, for example to place their orders directly with the publisher or, if they prefer, through an agent. Where an agent is preferred, the agent becomes the billing and payment partner, and provides both library and publisher with management data: a win-win for everyone.
The ASA website explains how publishers can participate and also hosts the growing list of publishers who have endorsed Library Choice to date.

Monday 23 August 2010

In Focus: The London Publishing Partnership

The London Publishing Partnership (LPP) is a new publishing services company that has recently joined ALPSP and that specializes in working with learned societies, research institutes and think-tanks. Since getting started in the spring of this year they have signed contracts with the London School of Economics (the Centre for Economic Performance and the Paul Woolley Centre), the Centre for Economic Policy Research and the International Growth Centre. Their first book (published for the LSE) is The Future of Finance: The LSE Report.

The business is focused on books (all disciplines), this being an area that one of the directors, Richard Baggaley, identified as being a problem for many learned societies and research institutes: “Books tend to be occasional publications and, unlike journals, need to be produced and marketed on a one-off basis. They can be expensive to produce and sell, and can therefore lose money for societies. Tie-ups with other publishers, such as university presses, can bring kudos but can also be frustratingly slow, cumbersome and hard to control. Our aim is to solve this problem – starting from the premise that the society has its own kudos, knows its market and with help can reach it as well as anyone.”

The business works by bringing together high-quality production expertise (the London firm T&T Productions) with Richard's long editorial experience and the marketing skills of Oxford Publicity Partnership. They are using both print on demand and traditional printing. For more information see

Tuesday 27 July 2010

10% discount for ALPSP members from Renew Training

We are pleased to announce that Renew Training - who provide specialist training for journal publishers - are now offering a 10% discount off of their courses for all ALPSP members.

Renew Training is operated by Simon Inger and Tracy Gardner, who between them have over 30 years' experience in scholarly publishing, and was formed to help publishers and intermediaries improve their knowledge and understanding of the behaviour of authors, customers and end users.

They currently offer two courses: Understanding the Journals Industry and Understanding E-Journal Technology.

Wednesday 14 July 2010

Research Information in Transition - free RIN seminars in London

Our colleagues at the Research Information Network ( are organizing three FREE evening seminars on RESEARCH INFORMATION IN TRANSITION which will be held in London. Details are as follows:


11 October The future of scholarly publishing – where do we go from here?
18 November Research data – policies and behaviours
13 December Quality assurance – responding to a changing information world

The Research Information Network welcomes you to this programme of events over the course of autumn to explore the huge changes that are taking place in the way that research information and data are created, managed, used and disseminated; and to consider the implications for all those, in the academic realm and beyond, with an interest in the good health of the UK research base.

All three events are free and open to all involved and interested in these issues. We are expecting a lively debate led by experts in their field and hope that we can come to some degree of common understanding of how these changes can be marshalled for the benefit of UK research and what this may mean for the different stakeholders in the foreseeable future.

This series of events will take place at the Royal College of Physicians, in London. Each will run from 17:30 - 20:30, and will consist of a series of short presentations, followed by discussions and opportunities for networking over drinks and canapés. Speakers include:
  • Robert Kiley, Head of Digital Services, Wellcome Library
  • Phil Sykes, Chair of RLUK and University Librarian, Liverpool University
  • Mark Patterson, Director of Publishing, Public Library of Science
Information and registration can be found at

For enquiries contact Kissley Leonor at

Monday 5 July 2010

M&A activities brokered by Bertoli Mitchell

We've just been contacted by Bertoli Mitchell drawing our attention to the following transactions that took place in the first half of 2010 (some of which you may have missed):

Willan Publishing sold to Taylor & Francis
Willan Publishing was founded by its Managing Director Brian Willan in 1999 with a clear focus to publish high quality books on Criminology, Criminal Justice, Policing, Forensic Psychology and related disciplines for the whole spectrum of student, academic and practitioner markets. It is now arguably the leading UK publisher in its field.

In addition to successful textbooks such as Professor Tim Newburn’s Criminology and Roger Hopkins Burke’s Introduction to Criminological Theory (3/e, 2009), Willan has developed a group of best-selling multi-author Handbooks in various disciplines, and also a number of respected series, such as the Cambridge Criminal Justice series, published in association with Cambridge University’s Institute of Criminology.

Willan Publishing was an Independent Publishing Awards winner in 2008 and 2009. It is the third such IPA winner to have been represented in sale by Bertoli Mitchell in the last three years.

Bertoli Mitchell structured and led the transaction, acting on behalf of the Willan shareholders.

Hodder Education acquire Royal Society of Medicine Press books programme and website
Hodder Education, part of the Hachette UK group, reached an agreement with the Royal Society of Medicine Press to acquire both their commercial books programme and the medical exam preparation website The programme comprises approximately 200 backlist titles and a new publishing programme of 20 titles a year. Hodder Education, through its Health Sciences imprint Hodder Arnold, will continue to publish and develop RSM Books using the RSM logo under licence from The Royal Society of Medicine. Bertoli Mitchell brokered the transaction, acting on behalf of The Royal Society of Medicine.

CIMA merges its Mastercourses Division into BPP Professional Education
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) outsourced its Mastercourses Division via a merger with BPP Professional Education’s Finance and Tax Courses Division. CIMA Mastercourses is a training business focused on the UK financial professional CPD market. Bertoli Mitchell was retained by CIMA to review the terms of the transaction, both the proposed financial terms and the operating partnership workings.

London School of Economics’ classic social sciences database acquired by ProQuest
ProQuest, an information technology firm supporting global research, acquired the London School of Economics’ classic International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS). Established in 1951, IBSS is the foremost Abstracting and Indexing database for social science and interdisciplinary research, currently holding more than 2.5 million bibliographic references. IBSS also expands by more than 120,000 new additions each year. Bertoli Mitchell, acting as exclusive strategic and financial adviser to the London School of Economics, led the negotiations and managed the transaction process to completion.

Premier History journal acquired by Taylor & Francis
Taylor & Francis acquired The International History Review, the only English-language quarterly devoted entirely to the history of international relations and the history of international thought. Since 1979 the Review has established itself as one of the premier History journals in the world, read and regularly cited by both political scientists and historians. Bertoli Mitchell, acting as exclusive financial adviser to the founding owners, led the negotiations and managed the transaction process to completion.

Friday 11 June 2010

ALPSP International Conference - don't miss the early bird discount!

The early bird discount ends 14 June .... book your place now!

8-10 September, 2010, Wyboston Lakes, near Cambridge UK (

The ALPSP International Conference is the ideal opportunity for the scholarly publishing community to share information and discuss new ideas and developments in a relaxed setting. The diverse programme reflects the breadth, innovation and creativity of the industry and with early bird fees held for a third year and free pre-conference workshops, it's excellent value!

The winners of the ALPSP Awards will be announced at the Dinner on 9 September.

Keynotes: Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet and John Vaughn, Executive Vice-President, Association of American Universities

Conference sessions include:

  • Scholarly Kitchen Live! with Kent Anderson, Michael Clarke and David Crotty
  • eBooks at the End of the Decade: Discoverability, Devices and New Developments
  • Building BRICs - selling into emerging markets
  • They're all out to get us ... government policies on scholarly publishing
  • The Social Web is a two-way conversation. Are you listening?
  • Web 2.0 technologies and post-publication peer review will supplant 'traditional' peer review - an Oxford Union Style Debate
  • Transforming research outputs - what we'll all be publishing in 5 years' time....
  • Industry updates

Conference Sponsors - we're grateful to all our sponsors:
DHL Global Mail; SAGE; CrossRef; Swets; River Valley Technologies; Portland Customer Services; Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals; Publishing Technology; Wiley-Blackwell; Turpin Distribution and Cadmus Communications

Thursday 27 May 2010

2010 Digital Book Printing Forum - June 9 (London, UK)

ALPSP is one of the supporting organizations of the 2010 London Digital Book Printing Forum which has been organized by market and technology research company INTERQUEST and will take place on June 9, 2010 from 9:00 to 17:00 at The Royal Society in London, UK.

The event is designed around recent INTERQUEST research into digital book printing and as part of the event INTERQUEST analysts will present key results from the company’s new study, Digital Book Printing: Market Analysis & Forecast, 2010-2015. The full programme is now online.

As a supporting organization for the Digital Book Printing Forum, we are pleased to say that ALPSP members get a 20% discount on the registration fees. Simply enter the code IQDISC20 in the 'optional registration code' box under the regular price on the registration page to take advantage of the special ALPSP 20% discount.

Copyright for Publishing Professionals - online seminar

For the first time ever ALPSP – in cooperation with the Copyright Clearance Center – is running an online seminar. The seminar will take place on Thursday 17 June 2010 from 2-3pm EST (9-10am BST).

Presenters Dru Zuretti (Manager of Copyright Education) and Ed Colleran (Senior Director, International Relations) will focus on the basics of US copyright law, including a copyright holder's privileges and obligations, and when permission may be required. Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in a question and answer session for clarification on some of the nuances of copyright they may encounter in their everyday work.

You can register online now – space is limited so don’t put this off!

Friday 30 April 2010

IOP Publishing announces appointment of Steven Hall

30 April 2010
Bristol, UK
IOP Publishing today announced the appointment of Steven Hall as the company's new Managing Director.

Dr Robert Kirby-Harris, Chief Executive of the Institute of Physics, said: "Steven's track record in publishing, and STM in particular, is extensive and impressive. Having started out at Macmillan Press, Steven went on to Chadwyck-Healey as Sales and Marketing Director and then Managing Director. Following ProQuest's acquisition of Chadwyck-Healey, he was appointed Senior Vice-President, Publishing and Publisher Relations of ProQuest. He moved on in 2004 to become Journal Sales and Marketing Director for Blackwell Publishing and later Commercial Director for Wiley-Blackwell. Steven then used his considerable breadth of strategic experience to form and run his own scholarly publishing consultancy from 2008 onwards.

"Steven joins IOP Publishing at a particularly exciting time, both in terms of the company's strategic direction and also given the challenges and opportunities facing scientific publishing. He starts his appointment as Managing Director on 5 July, which will allow time for a smooth and effective transfer of operations from Jerry Cowhig.

"Jerry Cowhig will be retiring from IOP Publishing having successfully led the company for the past 15 years, during which time he has been the driving force in building its reputation, growth and effectiveness - both commercially and also in the eyes of the scientific community - with the result that IOP Publishing is regarded as one of the world's leading scientific publishers. He is recognised as a highly influential champion for the publishing industry, where he has played a significant worldwide representational role, including acting as Chairman of the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers from 2005 to 2008."

Jerry Cowhig said: "I am grateful to the Institute of Physics, and especially to its wonderful publishing staff, for the privilege and enjoyment of working with them over the past 15 years. I welcome Steven and I confidently wish him and the company a successful future."

Additional information

The Institute of Physics
The Institute of Physics is a scientific charity devoted to increasing the practice, understanding and application of physics. It has a worldwide membership of more than 36,000 and is a leading communicator of physics-related science to all audiences, from specialists through to government and the general public. Its publishing company, IOP Publishing, is a world leader in scientific publishing and the electronic dissemination of physics. Go to

For further information, please contact Joe Winters at IOP.
Tel: +44 (0)207 470 4815

Saturday 17 April 2010

Webinar - Understanding Digital Natives: How does academic publishing need to change to serve tomorrow's scholars?

Register Now for the SSP/AAUP Web Seminar: Understanding Digital Natives: How Does Academic Publishing Need to Change to Serve Tomorrow's Scholars?

To be held Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 11.00 am - 12.30 pm EST

There has been much talk about the challenges of publishing for the "Google generation," digital natives for whom the availability of Internet connectivity is assumed. As the first members of this "millennial" generation begin to enter graduate school, the need to understand how they interact with specialist information, and whether they will research and publish differently or in much the same way as their predecessors, has become acute.

This seminar takes advantage of the webinar format to bring together researchers from two important, but geographically widely spread, centers that have pioneered the systematic study of scholarly behavior. Using the data they have collected, these experts will focus on evidence of particular relevance to scholarly publishers. Their findings will be discussed by an expert commentator, and they will answer questions from participants.

David Nicholas, Ph.D., Director, Department of Information Studies, University College London
Sophia K. Acord, Ph.D., Research Associate, Center for Studies in Higher Education Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California at Berkeley

Rebecca Kennison, Director, Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, Columbia University
Charles Watkinson, Director, Purdue University Press

Join us if you want to:
- Hear focused summaries, designed for scholarly publishers, of the latest information science research on “digital native” scholars
- Acquire important evidence about emerging trends vital to shaping your publishing strategy
- Question international experts about changes in behavior among your authors and users

The Society for Scholarly Publishing in collaboration with the Association of American University Presses presents another great web-based seminar on a hot topic. With web seminars, you don't have to leave your office to learn. All you need is a telephone and a computer with Internet access. You can submit questions to the speakers using your computer, and there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. Registration is per-computer rather than per-site, but you can invite as many staff as you like to participate using a single speakerphone and projector. Why not use the seminar as the basis for your own brainstorming session? All participants receive a recording of the seminar after the event, so you are free to review the presentations again and again.

Who Should Attend:
Supplying focused and evidence-based information, this seminar will be invaluable to senior managers and other individuals responsible for setting strategy at small- to medium-sized publishers of scholarly content, and for the consultants advising them.

REGISTRATION FEE: $99 for SSP and AAUP members; $149 for non-members

To register and for more information please go to the “Events” tab on the SSP website:

Submitted by Karen King on behalf of SSP

Friday 16 April 2010

Your vote counts! Vote Scholarly Kitchen for a Webby!

Earlier this week some great news filtered through...

The Scholarly Kitchen (the excellent blog from the Society for Scholarly Publishing) is up for a Webby - the web's version of an Oscar!

This is a really big deal!  The Webby will be determined by a public vote and Scholarly Kitchen is currently running in a strong second place - YOUR VOTE COULD LIFT IT INTO FIRST PLACE!

Quite apart from anything else it would be great to have a site on scholarly publishing win such a prestigious award.

Voting is open until 29 April 2010; you can register (which is very quick and easy) and vote here.

Incidentally, we're delighted that members of the Scholarly Kitchen team will be speaking at a plenary session of the 2010 ALPSP International Conference - registration now open!

Friday 12 March 2010

New innovations in collective licensing boost payments for UK publishers...

UK based publishers especially will be interested in this (I think impressive) announcement from PLS.


For immediate release

London, UK – 12 March 2010

New innovations in collective licensing boost payments for UK publishers

The Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) reports that in March 2010 it will distribute £4.3m to publishers from the business sector, up from £3.4m for the previous equivalent distribution.

This increase is mainly due to two new initiatives raising payments to publishers. Firstly, a move to include digital publications, i.e. e-books, e-journals, and e-magazines, to the copiable repertoire of collective licences has increased the overall value of licences. Secondly, a new revenue stream of public lending payments from the Netherlands is being distributed to UK publishers via PLS.

The first licences to encompass digital publications were launched in 2008 on an opt-in basis for rightsowners. Since then, over 1,300 UK-based publishers have signed up to support the new digital licensing initiative. Today, the completion of data gathering exercises mean that PLS is able to pay publishers royalties for copying from their digital publications in a fair and representative way.

Alicia Wise of PLS commented: ‘Licensing is an easy and flexible way to gain legal access to intellectual content, while providing remuneration to ensure that publishers continue to source, develop, and distribute really high-quality publications from topflight authors. I am really grateful to the 2,700+ UK publishing companies who actively support collective licensing, and encourage us to innovate in ways that complement their primary business.’

Jenny Pickles of John Wiley & Sons said: ‘It’s critical that copyright is respected in a digital world as well as print. We are pleased that the CLA digital licences contribute towards the protection of our digital publications, and compensate rightsowners should their titles be copied by any of the broad range of organisations that own a copy licence’.

The new revenue stream from the Netherlands is equivalent to the UK Public Lending Right scheme which remunerates authors for the lending of their works through public libraries. However, the Dutch scheme differs in that publishers are included in the list of rightsowners that are entitled to a portion of fees. This money contributes a total of £60k to the March distribution.

The increase in distributions to publishers will further the PLS contribution to the UK publishing industry’s bottom line. In 2009, PLS distributed a combined total of £26.1m to UK publishers, contributing 5.2% to the estimated £500m annual profit that the UK publishing industry generated over the same period.

David Bishop, Email:, Tel: 020 7299 7775
Publishers Licensing Society, 37-41 Gower Street, London

Last chance to book a place at UKSG Conference

Booking closes TOMORROW for the UKSG conference. In these straitened times, the UKSG conference still offers excellent value for money and guarantees that you will go away stimulated and in better shape to face ongoing challenges. Don't miss your chance to learn and network with some of the scholarly information community's brightest minds.

The programme (see includes a diverse mix of speakers:
* Conrad Wolfram on "the new era of knowledge"
* Carol Tenopir on measuring the return on university investment in libraries
* James Pringle (Thomson) on citation impact and research evaluation

And there are 28 breakout sessions
- beginners' sessions, practical guides, case studies
- technology, licensing, metrics, business models
- e-books, e-journals, e-textbooks
- preservation, digitisation, data visualisation
- publishers, librarians, agents, vendors.......


For further information, please contact Charlie Rapple as below.

Charlie Rapple
Head of Marketing Development
TBI Communications
62A Church Road
Wheatley, Oxford OX33 1LZ

Tel: +44 1865 875896
Fax: +44 1865 876346

Wednesday 10 February 2010

Anianet seeking feedback on posting call for papers to Chinese researchers

ALPSP member Anianet ( is a free English-language professional network connecting Chinese scholars to their peers in Europe and America. Since launching in late 2009, Anianet has helped connect thousands of Chinese academics, scientists, and researchers to their western counterparts.

Anianet's members are interested in finding out which journals are interested in and/or actively soliciting manuscripts from Chinese scholars. In response to this feedback, they are exploring the notion of a call for papers newsletter that would be distributed to the Anianet community on a regular basis. The idea is that publishers (and meeting/conference organizers soliciting proposals as well) could, for a small fee, efficiently connect with the Chinese authoring community via these Anianet newsletters.

Anianet are soliciting feedback as to whether ALPSP members would see this as a useful tool to grow their visibility among Chinese authors and would appreciate any constructive feedback regarding this idea.

To comment, join the discussion on the ALPSP LinkedIn group.

Ian Russell

Wednesday 3 February 2010

ALPSP Seminar: The Future of Academic Book Publishing, 18 March

Chair: Sam Bruinsma, Brill Publishing

British Institute of Radiology, London

This ALPSP one-day seminar provides a unique opportunity to consider both the present situation facing academic and scholarly publishers of all shapes and sizes, and the likely direction for the business of academic book publishing in the immediate future.

The keynote will be delivered by Paul DeCillis who is Director of Online Publishing at the American Institute of Physics who considers the present market for eBooks and looks forward to what we can expect in a rapidly changing environment - AIP have recently launched their own eBook platform.

The 'where are we currently?' theme is then picked up by consideration of the soon to be published 'ALPSP Scholarly Book Publishing' survey results. The place of third party suppliers such as the aggregators is considered as is the place for print in today's digital world. An expert overview of the latest eBook technologies follows a discussion of the likely impact of the looming Google Book Settlement. The expert panel of speakers then provide answers to questions from delegates before the Chair sums up.
Who should attend: all those concerned with strategies for developing book content from an Editorial, Sales, or Marketing background. Librarians interested in how scholarly book publishing is changing and developing will also find the seminar of interest.


Paul DeCillis, Director of Online Publishing, American Institute of Physics
Laura Cox, Managing Director, Frontline Global Marketing Services
Linda Bennett, Gold Leaf
Martin Marlow, CEO, Maverick Marketing
Richard Padley, Managing Director, Semantico
Sarah Stamford, Project Manager, eBooks@Cambridge

Further information: or

MUDL - New working group on management data

This week sees the launch of a new group whose aim is to bring together publishers, aggregators and librarians to work for improved management data for academic libraries. The groups’s press release can be found at

Terms of reference for the Group, perhaps appropriately called Managing and Understanding Data in Libraries (MUDL) are also available, at

For more information about MUDL, contact or

Wednesday 27 January 2010

AIP adopts DataSalon’s MasterVision Service

The American Institute of Physics has announced that it has adopted DataSalon's MasterVision service to create a complete profile of all subscribing institutions and new prospects. The system merges data from many different source systems, combining subscriptions, online usage, turnaways, alert signups, single article sales, author submissions, and marketing campaigns. It also incorporates Ringgold’s Identify database that provides reference data for existing subscribers, and lists of potential new institutional prospects classified by location, size, interests, etc. All data is fully de-duplicated to create a clear summary page for each customer listing all known data in a single view.

”DataSalon was great to work with,” said Lori Carlin, AIP’s Director, Fulfillment & Marketing Services. “What they accomplished in joining up our data into a virtual data warehouse in weeks, instead of the years it might have taken us to build a real warehouse, was absolutely invaluable. The ability to now aggregate a set of customer data into a single 360-degree view for data mining and gap analysis has greatly enhanced our ability to build customer relationships and quickly and effectively target our marketing efforts.”

With this implementation of the MasterVision product, AIP’s marketing team is now able to run detailed customer analysis in seconds, identifying targeted segments for several new cutting-edge recruitment and renewal campaigns. Turnaways are identified using IP addresses in order to spot non-subscribing institutions with substantial interest in AIP’s online content. Online usage is tracked in detail in order to identify upward and downward trends, and to spot any ‘at risk’ subscribers whose usage is low. Individuals are automatically linked to affiliated institutions using their email address, creating accurate counts and lists of related authors, single article purchasers, and so on for each institution.

Because MasterVision was designed from the ground up specifically for the needs of academic publishers, it provides sales and marketing teams with direct access to their data through a user-friendly web interface, without the need for expert IT assistance. MasterVision also provides AIP with easy access to a range of visuals, including pie charts, bar charts, cross tabs and maps: all enabling staff to explore and visualise AIP customers. Management dashboards combine charts and tables into a single view to provide one-click access to essential statistics and trends.

”We are very pleased to be working with AIP in using our MasterVision product to integrate and analyse all of their customer data,” said Nick Andrews, Managing Director of DataSalon. “It’s particularly exciting for us to be working with AIP’s marketing team: their innovative work in deriving insight and value by cross-referring subscriber usage, author data, alert signups, and turnaways puts them at the cutting edge of journal marketing.”

Wednesday 20 January 2010

SSP's 6th Annual Librarian Focus Group

ALPSP members attending the AAP-PSP meeting in Washington next month, or indeed those within easy reach of DC, may be interested in SSP’s 6th Annual Librarian Focus Group which is being held on February 2.

Full details below.


SSP Presents the 6th Annual Librarian Focus Group

The Future Is Now: What Libraries Need in 2010 and Beyond

Join us on February 2, 2010, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in Washington, DC

In a proven formula, a panel of librarians will take questions from moderators and participants on a range of themes during a full day of discussions, including:
  • What are librarians looking for from resource providers and publishers in this brave new world?
  • How are librarians transitioning to digital collections?
Increasingly, libraries are developing robust digital publishing programs, investing in institutional repositories, weeding print, and looking to build e-book collections. Couple this with a decade of open access initiatives, shrinking embargo periods on scientific literature, Google Books, and the rise of virtual services for patrons who never set foot in a physical library, and it looks like the future is now.

What does a 21st century library look like? How are librarians meeting the changing needs of patrons? What are their predictions for the next big thing? Join us as we pepper six seasoned librarians with questions about what keeps them up at night and what they need now.

The panelists have been chosen for their wide-ranging knowledge and there will be informal as well as formal opportunities for discussion.

Register at:

Registration Fee: $299 for SSP members; $349 for non-members.